Aug 31 – Sept 3 ‘Beyond Words’ Silent Retreat

Register Here. Limited Space Available.

Do you sometimes feel it would good to have a few days of peace and quiet, in a beautiful natural setting, away from the city, and away from your normal patterns and routines?. Do you sometimes feel like you could use a few days away from the stressful pressures of work, finances. children, preparing meals, cleaning the house and time thinking about everyone else?
Do you feel you could use some time to connect more deeply within yourself?

Socially do you feel you could use more time away from trying to impress other people, pressure to say the right thing, to tell the right story, and to present yourself in the proper way?

Do you sometimes feel like you could use more time just to relax… unwind… rest… in a place where nothing needs to be done…  and you can just… well… discover yourself and BE yourself?

What would open?
What would you discover?
What deeper inquiries would become available to you?
What deeper answers would be revealed inside you?
What new creative impulses and ideas would emerge through you?

We all can benefit greatly from the restorative,rejunative power of a silent retreat.

For thousands of years, silent retreats have transformed the lives of millions of people around the world from all walks of life.  The power of these retreats is time tested. There is a collective, supportive power in coming together in silence.

We are asking you to go on silent retreat with us for 4 days.

BenefitsWe all can benefit greatly from having a space where the only requirement for a few days is to BE.

These silent retreats allow the nervous system to relax, the mind to quiet, the heart to open.  They allow us to discover a deeper, more authentic sense of who we really are… and to express it in the world.

The paradox is in taking this time for ourselves, and discovering the essential stillness within, we move forward from these retreats being a better partner, a better parent, a better friend, and a better citizen.

In discovering a more authentic sense of who we really are, we develop a natural deepening of intimacy with the world around us and all those who inhabit it.

We discover a greater clarity and empowerment within to actualize our true purpose.

The Unique Style of this Retreat

This is not your typical silent retreat where you will be sitting in silent meditation all day until you lose circulation in your legs.
There will be some sitting meditation, however the greater intention here is to bring silent mindfulness to all the aspects of your day, and all the aspects of your life.
This includes mindfulness in eating: taste, chewing and digestion.
To walking each day with presence, alive to your senses and the world around you
To dancing.
To napping and resting
To yoga
To breathwork
To self-expression
To making music together
To toning
To journaling
To BEing authentically You
There will also be one facilitated session by mindfulness coach Brian Piergrossi each morning that involves talking and reflecting together and the previous day and the day ahead.. as well as a closing circle..

Schedule 

Friday:

Orientation/Check in 1-3 pm

Opening Circle (introductions /  overview / sharing intentions) 3-430 pm

Mindfulness Dinner/Clean UP 5-630 pm

Mindfulness Walk 7-8 PM

8-9 PM Private Journaling Time

Saturday:

7-8 AM Morning Meditation (Main Hall) or self-guided silent mindfulness walk

8-9 Mindfulness breakfast

930 – 1030 Yoga

1030-noon Morning Satsang (Reflection. Q and A, with words)

Mindfulness Lunch noon to 130pm

130-330 Breathwork

330- Community Nap in Main Room / Free Time

Mindfulness Dinner 5-630

Group Mindfulness Walk 7-8 PM

Silent Meditation in Dark  / toning or oming 8 – 8:30 PM

Sunday:

7-8 AM Meditation (main hall) or self-guided walking meditation)

8-9 Mindfulness breakfast

930 – 1030 Yoga

1030-noon Satsang  (Reflection. Q and A, with words)

Lunch noon to 130 pm

130-330 Beyond Words – Music / Self-Expression without words

330-5 Community nap (main hall)  / FREE TIME

Mindfulness Dinner 5-630

Group Mindfulness Walk 7-8 PM

Silent Ecstatic Dance 8-9 PM

Monday:

8-9 AM Morning Meditation (main hall)

9-10 Mindfulness Walk

10-1130 Satsang  (Reflection. Q and A, with words)

12pm Mindfulness LUNCH

130-3 Closing Circle / Group hug

*All agenda offerings are optional. Follow your own guidance in what you choose to participate in,.
*This is only a rough schedule. It is subject to change, or be revised, at any time due to the truth of the moment
*The retreat is not designed for children

Location 

 

After surveying multiple locations around the world, we have once again chosen the silence and stillness of the magical  Gainesville Retreat Center outside Gainesville Florida as the perfect place to support the vision and intention of this silent retreat. The Gainesville Retreat Center lies on over 100 acres of secluded forest conservation land. At the center of the property lies a 1200 square foot Dharma Room ideal for meditation, yoga and dance. There is also a full vegetarian kitchen and all meals will be provided as part of retreat. There are miles of hiking trails and a large pool. Beautiful simple bedrooms ideal for meditation and contemplation each evening..

Cost

Earlybird special if you register now is only $495. This includes the entire retreat, lodging, and three meals a day. We will provide an additional $25 refund to the first 3 people who register today!495 eartlybird special
After July 17 $645 middlebird special
After Aug 17 $695 bigbird specialIf you are in need of a scholarship discount please email here: thebigglow@gmail.com and we will do our best to support you. There are no worktrades or full scholarships for this retreat. Partial scholarships may be offered to those requesting them.

Those who would like to donate so someone else in need may attend these retreats please do so here . Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Travel

If you are flying into this retreat Jacksonville airport is 1.5 hours from retreat center. Orlando is 2 hours from retreat center. Gainesville regional airport is 10 to 15 minutes.

If you are driving please set you’re GPS to  1551 SE 51 St, Gainesville, FL 32641

Feedback from Previous Retreats:

“I have attended multiple retreats with Brian, and in each, I experience new insights into my own being. The retreat environment calls forth and nurtures my highest self, helps me release negatives and ideas of self-limitation, embrace my potential, and find new wellsprings of joy inside myself” – S.K., Sacramento CA

Questions?

Please email thebigglow@gmail.com with any additional questions.

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